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The Memo Calendar is your vehicle to publicize community events. Let your mid-Multnomah County neighbors know about events of interest, meetings, fundraisers and the like. Calendar submissions for the November issue are due Thursday, Oct. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at Or mail your submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904. The Mid-county Memo fax number is 503-249-7672.

Community basketball for grades 3-5
Basketball registration for boys in grades 3-5 will begin Monday, Oct. 12 at all David Douglas School District elementary schools. (Registration for girls is in December.) New players learn the fundamental rules, skills and drills, while returning players fine-tune their abilities. The fee is $45 and includes a Community Sports basketball shirt. Registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 2. Practice times vary, but are after school. Games are played on Saturdays, beginning in November and end after winter break. Families provide transportation. Registration forms are available from the building coordinator at each elementary building. Call your student's school or 503-261-8206 if you would like more information.

Entertainment Books available from Kiwanis
Russellville Kiwanis will continue to sell 2010 Entertainment Books through November for $20 each. They are available at the State Farm Insurance office, Northeast 107th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, or from Charlie Ross at 503-252-1570.

Members continue to collect new and used children's books for donation to the Children's Book Bank for distribution to Head Start students. If you have books to donate, you may drop them at the above noted State Farm office or contact Ross.

Russellville Kiwanis meets at The Refectory, 1618 N.E. 122nd Ave., every Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. You are invited to stop by for a free lunch and get to know them. In exchange for lunch, they may twist your arm a little as they invite you to become a member.

A board meeting on Oct. 6 begins the month, followed by a See's Candies representative on Oct. 13; a Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp representative on Oct. 20 and a speaker from Portland Oasis Education Center on Oct. 27.

Tree, shrub care lesson
Flower Lane Garden Club will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave. Karl Dawson, a certified arborist with Portland Parks & Recreation will speak about the care and maintenance of trees and shrubs. Guests and visitors are welcome.

Secrets of flower arranging revealed
Villa Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave., on Thursday, Oct. 22. Carole Schuldt, an experienced flower designer, will demonstrate how to create fall bouquets and centerpieces from flowers provided by members. You are invited to join the fun. The business meeting starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by a brown bag lunch and the program. Dessert will be served. Please call Leona Connelly at 503-287-4517 for more information.

Benefit concert for David Douglas students
Enjoy an evening of big band jazz with Jazz Express on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Howard Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave. This concert will benefit the David Douglas Private Lesson Scholarship Fund which helps pay for private music lessons for David Douglas students.

Jazz Express, an 18-piece big band has been around as a rehearsal band for about 15 years. Many of the musicians are either current or former educators; the rest are part-time musicians who come from a variety of backgrounds. They play benefits and professional gigs about six times a year.

Tickets are available at the door; admission is $5 per person, or $15 for a family of four or more. all 503-261-8361 for more information.

Raising money for field trips
Shaver Elementary school volunteers need your donations for a rummage sale on Saturday, Oct. 10. Drop your donations of clothing, housewares, kitchen supplies, toys, books, furniture, tools and knick-knacks at Shaver Elementary, 3701 N.E. 131st Place, on Friday, Oct. 9 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The sale on Saturday runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds help fund field trips and Camp Kiwanis Outdoor School's annual overnight Gresham-Barlow Trail adventure for fourth-graders. In addition they will be accepting your donation of returnable bottles and cans on both days. Call 503-408-2892 for more information.

Club Royals cow drop
There will be all kinds of action on the Portland Christian Jr./Sr. High School football field, 12425 N.E. San Rafael St., on Saturday, Oct. 10. At 4 p.m., the Club Royals third-and-fourth-grade football team will take the field, followed by the fifth-and-sixth-grade team at 6 p.m.

After the football games, the field will be cleared for a pair of cows. That's right, cows: one adorned with gold, one with purple. The bovines will wander the field that will be pre-marked with a grid containing 500 squares. Eventually they will drop a pie somewhere on that grid. Numbered tickets that correspond with the grid numbers will be sold in advance. Gold tickets will cost $20 each, with the gold cow determining the winner of the gold 50/50 raffle. Purple tickets will cost $10 each, with the purple cow determining the winner of the purple 50/50 raffle. Tickets are available at Portland Christian Elementary, 11845 S.E. Market St., or from Anthony Baugher at 503-754-0831.

The evening includes a barbecue dinner, live auction, and games and prizes for the whole family.

Rummage sale
Mark the date. Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 12505 N.E. Halsey St., is having a rummage sale on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will benefit ongoing community mission projects including support to a local chaplain, SnowCap Community Charities and Shepherd's Door. There will be a wide variety of household items as well as books, furniture and much more.

Bronco alumni invited to homecoming
The students, teachers and staff of Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., will welcome back former students, teachers and staff on Friday, Oct. 30. Alumni homecoming events include a pep rally beginning at 5 p.m. at the Burgerville adjacent to the school, the varsity football game that will pit the Broncos against the Liberty Falcons at 7 p.m., and a post-game dance featuring the Terry Robb Band at 9 p.m. at The Refectory, 1618 N.E. 122nd Ave.

The Parkrose Educational Foundation is presenting these events. Funds raised will be used in support of current students enrolled in the Parkrose School District. Information and tickets are available at

Flower Lane Garden Club is participating in the Parkview Christian Retirement Community (formerly Oregon Baptist Retirement Home) bazaar on Oct. 9 and 10. The bazaar is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Parkview is located at 1825 N.E. 108th Ave.

The St. Rita Catholic Church annual Fall Festival and Bazaar is Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be two dozen vendor tables plus a boutique, bakery products, fresh produce and Santa's treasures. Lunch is served all day. The church is located at 10029 N.E. Prescott. For additional information please call 503-254-0305 or 503-253-8810.

The St. Therese Parish 28th annual Holiday Bazaar is Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7. The event begins with the traditional sparkling punch evening on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, the bazaar hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy the talents of more than 40 craftspeople as well as traditional baked goods, used books, movies and music corner, and wonderful raffle items along with snacks and luncheon delights. The St. Therese multi-purpose center is located at Northeast 132nd Avenue and Halsey Street.

The Gateway Elks Lodge 20th annual Spaghetti Dinner will be held at 711 N.E. 100th Avenue on Sunday, Nov. 8 from noon to 6 p.m.

The funds from this dinner are used to support various youth services within Multnomah County, including the Children's Eye Clinic at the Casey Eye Institute; Scout recognition awards, and scholarships for high school seniors; Meadowood Springs Speech and Hearing Camp, and the annual donation of 275 Christmas food baskets.

Held in conjunction with the Gateway Elkettes Christmas Bazaar, this all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner is $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12 and free to children under 3. Admission to the bazaar is free.

Gateway Elks Lodge #2411 is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a Gateway community neighbor and is reaching out to the neighborhood to join in a day of friendship and good food.

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church members are stitching, painting and cooking their way toward the 56th annual “It's a Dickens of a Christmas” holiday bazaar. The family event, which features handmade décor, homemade food and live music, is set for Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Matthew's is located at 11229 N.E. Prescott St. in the heart of the Parkrose community. Because the congregation handcrafts nearly all of the items offered, it has become one of the most popular bazaars throughout the Portland metro area. There are no commercial vendors, so all proceeds benefit community outreach projects and the women's group at St. Matthew's.

Bazaar visitors will find Christmas ornaments, quilted throws and hangings, knitted and crocheted items, aprons, embroidered dishtowels, handbags, greeting cards, pickles and potholders. There is also a special section featuring Thanksgiving items.

For the 21st consecutive year, a king-size quilt will be raffled. Other events include a cakewalk and free child care for children aged 3 and under.

Holiday shoppers can stock up on homemade jams, breads, Christmas cakes, mini-mince pies and a variety of food mixes. They can listen to live seasonal music while dining on an assortment of sandwiches, potato-bacon chowder soup and desserts.

Award-winning drummer performs, teaches
The Mt. Hood Community College Music department and the Queer Straight Alliance Club will host ten-time Grammy award-winning drummer Rodney Holmes, on Saturday, Oct. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Visual Arts Theatre on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. Two one-hour clinics for advanced drummers will be held Oct. 3 at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Visual Arts Theatre. All proceeds will fund the Queer Straight Alliance Club's trip to Washington, D.C., to join the National Equity March on October 10 and 11.

During his performance, Holmes will play the drums, jam with MHCC music students and talk about some of his life experiences, such as playing with Carlos Santana and traversing the music industry. The advanced drummer clinics will be conducted in small groups, with one-on-one interactions.

Throughout his dynamic career, Holmes has defied efforts to pigeonhole him as a jazz drummer, rock drummer, composer or bandleader. Integrating all these roles, Holmes is best described as a creative, eclectic musician. In his performances and drum clinics, his articulate and witty insights have enhanced his popularity among fellow drummers and music lovers of all genres. Over the years, Holmes has worked with the Brecker Brothers, Don Byron, Clyde Criner, David Gilmore, Steve Kimock, Santana, Wayne Shorter, Rob Thomas, Jim Weider and Joe Zawinul.

Tickets are $25 for the performance only, and $45 for the performance and one advanced drummer clinic. To purchase tickets, visit For more information, contact Heather Nichelle-Peres, president of the Queer Straight Alliance Club, at

Art classes for October
Portland Fine Arts Guild meets for instructional classes and demonstrations at Russellville Grange, Northeast 121st Avenue and Prescott Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Classes this month will be held on Oct. 12, 19 and 26 and are $12 for nonmembers and $10 for members; however, if you would like to check it out, the class fee will be waived for first-time attendees.

The guest teacher will be Kathy Allegri, a plein air artist who paints throughout the U.S., Canada, France and Hawaii. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Art from Colorado State University and teaches with contagious passion. She is represented by Allegri Gallery in Gresham and White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach. She is a member of Watercolor Society of Oregon, Portland and Pacific Northwest Plein Air Artists, and He Makana O Aloha halau. Fresh from her annual Aloha Watercolor workshop on Maui, Kathy will focus on composing an original painting from photo references. On Oct. 12, it will be water lilies; on Oct. 19, a tropical waterfall on unwaxed masa paper and Oct. 26, dancing figures on yupo paper. For a complete list of suggested supplies, go to and click on “newsletter.”

Slam Jam VII
Share an afternoon with student poets and performers at Fir Ridge Campus, 11215 S.E. Market St., on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for Slam Jam VII. This free event includes refreshments. District staff, students and families are welcome. Guest poets may read original poems or their favorites from other poets. Students who wish to compete must have two original poems. For more information or to sign up to perform, please call Bobi Blue at 503-256-6530. ext. 8162, or e-mail at

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